Who would have thought an Energy Company would need Ice Cream Tubs?

Working as a packaging company we work with so many different customer’s, but we never thought an energy company would need Ice Cream Tubs! Did you? We were shocked at first but at the end of the day we are here to help anyone looking for branded packaging, so if you are looking for some, then give us a call.

How long did these tubs take to make?

These tubs had a very small turn around time, once we have artwork the tubs were delivered within 2 weeks and were made in time for their deadline. This was an order for 1,000 tubs which is our minimum order for branded tubs.

Was the customer satisfied with the tubs?

Yes, they were delighted and they left us a review on Facebook expressing their happines. It said “Great service and fast delivery! Will definitely order from them again!” Our aim is to match our customers initial ideas to the best we can. This was one of many occasions where we achieved this goal.

Do I need my own artwork to create branded tubs?

No absolutely not, we have an amazing in-house design team that can create artwork for you! Simply explain what you want them to look like and let us do our magic.

Interested in creating your own?

Get in touch today and talk to our team about branded packaging. Call us on 01753 655344 or email us on [email protected].

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Start Living a Plastic Free Life!
Compostable, plastic free, recyclable circular logo

Do you want to reduce the amount of plastic that you use in your everyday life, but you do not know how? We are going to talk about simple ways to swap plastic out of your shopping. If we all think about the amount we use and try to reduce it, we will slowly start fixing this ongoing problem.

Fruit and Vegetables

When buying fruit and veg, I think we forget that mother nature has given them their own protective packaging, meaning we DO NOT need to put them in plastic packaging. Ask yourself, do you really need a large bag of carrots or can you pick out some that you want and put them in a brown paper bag that is compostable.

Swap Bottles for Jars

This may not be possible with all products but just take the time to think about it. Can you replace your plastic bottle of vinegar for a glass one, or can you swap your plastic sauce pot for a can or a jar? If we all stop for 2 seconds to think about little things like this then the oceans will be clear before we know it!

Meat and Fish

We are all culprits in damaging the planet with plastic meat packaging. It is so easy to find what you want, pick it up and walk off rather then head over to the deli counter pick what you want and how much of it and get it wrapped up without plastic. Now we understand that this is not for everyone, but if you can then why not do it.

Bread

Now this should be easy, as who doesn’t love a bit of fresh bread! Get rid of the plastic bags and go buy a loaf of fresh bread for your breakfast and lunches. If you are buying more than one loaf and you need a bag, get a paper one and if they do not have some on offer, ask for one! Ask to replace the plastic bags with paper ones, there is no reason why not. The earth can’t speak for itself and neither can the wildlife that we are killing so we have to speak up and make the change!

Soft Drinks

This has to be one product that most of all uses plastic packaging… we doubt that there is one person that hasn’t bought a bottle of water or orange juice in the morning. We don’t always need to. Buy a can of coke instead, or a carton of juice or even a glass bottle of water.  We can do it if we try!

So, lets make a change, lets actually DO something about this problem. Head over to our website and take a look at the other plastic alternatives we offer, from PLA to Baggase (Sugarcane Pulp) and even paper. They are amazing products that do not harm the planet. So, have a browse and see if there is anything you are interested in and if you want them branded then give us a call as we do that too. 

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Royal Collection Trust Ice Cream Tubs
An ice cream tub full of sweets flanked by two smaller tubs with chocolates and biscuits in

We have been working alongside the Royal Trust Collection to create A unique PLA ice cream tub to be given out in their wonderful ice cream trucks. This has been an ongoing project, we are so pleased with the outcome and wanted to share it with all of you.

What are the tubs made of?

The ice cream tubs are made of PLA material, making them fully recyclable and compostable. PLA stands for polylactic acid and it is a vegetable-based plastic material consisting of renewable materials. However, even though they are PLA they are not shiny, they have a lovely matt finish to them.

Where will I find these tubs?

These tubs are going to be used to serve ice cream from the trucks placed around Windsor Castle and St James’s Palace. There is a 3oz and a 5oz ice tub, so you can either have 1 scoop or if you are feeling hungry get 2 or 3 with lots of toppings of course. Our favourite is strawberry swirl with oreo pieces and white chocolate sauce on top, hmmm!

Who do I contact to create my own tubs?

You can either give us a call or send us an email. We love to create tubs like these, the end product makes it all worthwhile. Our tubs are manufactured from heavyweight paperboard and are coated with PE on the interior (but can also be coated on the exterior). PE coating is proven to be an ideal barrier against frost, liquid and condensation. All printed ice cream tubs are produced to your specific requirements. But like the Royal Collection Trust we can make them in PLA if requested.

So, if you are interested in making your own tubs just like this then give us a call and kick start your summer with colour branded ice cream tubs that people will remember!

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Everything You Need to Know about Biodegradable Packaging
A man eating a takeaway from biodegradable packaging

Some might say – and we’d agree – that biodegradable packaging is the future. 

In light of the current climate crisis, packaging alternatives that can naturally decompose are essential. 

But what exactly is biodegradable packaging? Well, if something is biodegradable, it biodegrades — not exactly rocket science. This means exposure to air and other natural elements force the item to undergo a decomposition process which doesn’t rely on any chemical reaction to get to work. So, unlike plastic packaging, biodegradable alternatives won’t sit in a landfill for thousands of years. 

That’s right — biodegradable packaging is most definitely not made out of plastic junk. It can be made from food waste, paper, wood, fabric and anything else naturally recurring. Biodegradable packaging can also be made of more innovative substances like sugarcane stalks, such as the products you’ll find in our bagasse range.

The History behind Biodegradable Packagingckaging

In recent years, we’ve become more aware of climate change, plastic pollution and how damaging some widespread manufacturing practices can be to our planet. But climate change is not a new thing. Biodegradable products have actually been around since the 1980s — and human-caused climate change dates to the 1830s.

However, although biodegradable products were floating about since the eighties, there was no formal certificate for biodegradable items until 1999. That’s when the Biodegradable Products Institute certification program was introduced — now commonly shortened to Biodegradable Product Institute (BPI). This program was developed to provide testing, education and promotion of credible, biodegradable products. 

Before BPI, it was easy for non-biodegradable products to class themselves as biodegradable. For example, a product mainly made out of wood, sporting some plastic, could be marketed as biodegradable in the eighties and early nineties. 

So, how do you know if something is BPI-approved today? 

  • It will carry the official BPI logo — of a circular image of a leaf and a tree. This logo represents a product that is certified to meet the ASTM D6400 and/or ASTM D6868 regulations. The Biodegradable Product Institute attests this labelling is “based on science, not hype.” 

It will be labelled with a common waste-free term — such as compostable, PLA, biodegradable or 100% recyclable to show the product has passed the BPI approval process. This process involves product testing and certification from an approved lab, as well as a Confidential Disclosure Agreement. Finally, the representative company will enter into a licensing agreement which grants use of the official compostable logo.

What is PLA?

Polylactic acid or Polylactide (PLA) is a substance we use in many of our transparent products, including our deli bowls and disposable cups. Products made from PLA might not look biodegradable (as they look very similar to plastic), but they are. 

In fact, PLA is a form of thermoplastic polyester made from renewable biomass. What does this mean? PLA is manufactured from natural substances such as plant starch, corn, cassava, sugarcane or sugar beet pulp.

What is Sugarcane Pulp?

Sugarcane is the material behind our bagasse containers. We decided to use sugarcane after learning it is a renewable resource we could take advantage of without harming the planet. 

As we explained in an earlier blog post, sugarcane is commercially grown for sugarcane juice. This process leaves unused sugarcane stalks, which can be repurposed to create biodegradable packaging. 

Unlike the production of plastic packaging, this process is completely natural and uses materials that would otherwise get incinerated. It’s a no brainer.

What Is an FSC Certification?

Forest For All Forever (FSC) is an organisation that grants certifications to companies that value social and environmental responsibility. You might be familiar with the FSC’s official logo — an outline of a tree mixed with a tick. This logo is often found on the bottom of biodegradable coffee cups and other commercial products. Much like the BPI, the FSC works to provide a solid framework for consumers who are conscious about their purchasing decisions. 

There is more than one type of FSC certification, but the most common one is the Forest Management Certification. To be granted this status, business owners must show High Conservation Value (HCV) and supply controlled wood in relation to their products.

What Is Takeaway Packaging approved?

Although we don’t have a set system like the BPI or FSC to determine a product’s credentials, we do have our own set of packaging criteria. During the product development process, we consider the following questions: 

  • Would we be happy to advertise the entire material make-up of this product online? 
  • Are we confident about the sourcing of the packaging’s substance — for example, using a renewable resource like sugarcane. 
  • Does the chosen material provide the best possible quality to our customers while remaining sustainable? 
  • Is the substance versatile? Can the packaging material be used for both hot and cold foods? 

If you’re a frequent shopper of our site, you’ll know we’re not shy about what’s used to create our products. Visit any of the product pages on our online shop to find upfront and transparent information on product specifications and waste credentials.

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Check out our new Category on our Online Shop – Paper Bags & Carry Cases

Here at Takeaway Packaging we are always updating and making changes to our website. We want your journey to be as easy as possible, so head over to the shop and check out our newly added page and see what we have to offer.

What will I find on this new page?

On this page you will find, three different sizes of brown paper bags along with two types of carry cases. Both of these products are perfect for any type of takeaway and both can be easily branded. Simply give us a call to get the ball rolling.

We have also added a new product that we think you will all be interested in. Kids Activity Lunch Bags- in each bag you will find an easy grip multi-crayon, themed activity book & different toys from dominoes, to sticker sheets and even card frames with props to play with – all packaged in a high quality printed, recyclable paper bag. These fun and educational packs are suitable for children 4 years old and up. Kid’s Activity Bags are supplied as a box of 100 units, mixed between the three designs (Goblins & Fairies, Witches & Wizards and Pickles Pet Shop), along with counter display trays for ease of dispensing. Other off-the-shelf designs are available to buy online – or buy all our designs with the Multi bundle option.

All products on this page are fully recyclable and compostable as they are all made from paper!

Kids Activity Lunch Bags

How long does delivery take?

Anything you order from the Takeaway Packaging site before 2pm will be with you the very next day. You can also receive free delivery when you spend over £100.

Who do I contact if I have questions about any products?

We have a new live chat facility on our website where someone is there to answer any questions you have Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00. Alternatively, you can call us on 01753 655344 or send us an email to [email protected].

How do I place and order?

It is totally up to you, we can take orders over the phone, via email, or you can order straight from the website. Whatever is easier for you.

Branded Products

Takeaway Packaging manufacture printed carrier bags, which are one of the most useful, prominent and cost-effective marketing tools a business can benefit from. Why not offer customers a quality printed carrier bag that they can reuse time and time again whilst promoting your brand?

Takeaway Packaging produce printed bags in a range of styles, materials, qualities and finishes. These bags can be printed and personalised with your artwork, enhancing brand awareness.

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Noodle Boxes- A New Addition to our Online Shop!

We have recently added Noodle Boxes to our Hot Food Container section why not take a look. It is something that we are really excited to show to customers, they are easy to brand and come in three different sizes.

The sizes that we offer are the 16oz, 26oz and 36oz and they come in boxes of 500. This product has a PE coating making it leak and grease resistant – perfect for saucy dishes.

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FEATURES

  • Hot & Cold use
  • Easily Branded

Order before 2pm for next day delivery and spend over £100 for free delivery on all products. Head to our online shop to place your order.

Branding & Bulk Orders

If you are interested in branding, get in touch with us today to discuss creating your own bespoke Noodle Box. For bulk orders, we are able to offer you a discount, contact us to find out more.

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Custom Branding – Promote your brand on our Takeaway Packaging

Takeaway Packaging produce bespoke food packaging and supplies, all tailored to your requirements and designs. We provide a fully comprehensive service and offer support to our clients from initial concepts all the way through to delivery. Our expertise allows us to work closely with you to create visually appealing products for your business.

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How Do Designer Food Packaging and Caring for the Environment Mix?
How Do Designer Food Packaging and Caring for the Environment Mix

If something is a designer item, it has to be overboard and all about the image — and it absolutely cannot be considerate towards the environment, right? Wrong. Despite some high-end brands giving the luxury market a bad ethical reputation, designer packaging can cater to the conscious consumer in any sector — including food packaging.

If something is designed, it simply means is that it has been developed with great care and a clear target customer in mind. This is the case for our bespoke packaging, which is developed by our in-house teams of designers to create environmental food packaging that stands out for the customers of quirky brands. In this blog post, we will discuss how a careful design process can tackle our food packaging problems by offering sustainable yet stylish alternatives.

How Does Food Packaging Affect the Environment?

There is plenty of evidence to show that food packaging and the environment have a strained relationship, to say the least. As a result of our throwaway culture and reliance on convenience comforts, we have created some shocking food packaging waste statistics. Most notably, there is predicted to be 12 billion tonnes of plastic waste in landfill by 2050. The most severe food packaging problems affect the earth’s natural environment, polluting our oceans and negatively impacting sea life.

In short, something needs to change in food packaging to protect the environment for future generations. Crucially, we need to eliminate the use of harmful plastic in food containers and other packaging products so that Brits can feel less guilty about their takeaways. But on top of this, brands still want to use their packaged products to inject some personality into their offering. Environmental packaging needs to be designed with care so that it both protects the environment and promotes the supplier.

Can Designer Food Packaging Still Be Recycled? 

Yes, designer food packaging can still be recycled. In fact, basic packaging from your average takeaway is most likely made from harmful plastic.

A tip for consumers deciding to buy: a brand is less likely to put its name on something if it would be ashamed of its impact on the environment. In this sense, designer food packaging is more likely to be 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable (but always check for certified UK recycling symbols to make sure).

By using different packaging materials for food, such as the Ingeo™ PLA Bioplastic used in our biodegradable coffee cups, we can create food packaging that is 100% recyclable. We use vegetable-based inks to print bespoke designs on these cups (and various other products in our range) so that designer food packaging can blend seamlessly with caring for the environment.

How Can We Reduce Plastic in Food Packaging and Make Sure It’s on Brand?

Others are now understanding the importance of packaging to the environment and rephrasing what luxury means by prioritising sustainable strategies. The purpose of food packaging is shifting from simply being a container for food to being a driver for change and an effective tool for promotion.

Some of our most successful clients have embraced the traditional eco look by sticking with brown paper cups and a simple logo, like Cobbs Farm. Others have stayed true to their roots, embodying their iconic designs while using sustainable packaging, although you wouldn’t know it unless you were told (much like Ferrari’s 70th birthday burger boxes). This proves that sustainability never has to get in the way of style and that opting for environmental food packaging is a choice that won’t tarnish your brand image — in fact, it might even enhance it.

Create your own stylish and sustainable food packaging that doesn’t harm the environment by booking your free design consultation. Our expert team of in-house designers will help you to develop a creative brief for food packaging that pops.

A Brief History of Chopsticks: Dos & Dont’s
chopsticks diner

Chopsticks have been around for centuries and, of course, they’re ubiquitous in Asia.

Actually, the sticks as we would recognise them today go back as far as the late Shang Dynasty.

In case you didn’t know, that was 16th-11th century BC, so just the other day…

In the early days, the Chinese word for Chopsticks was “zhu” 筯, and during that time, the tyrannical King Zhou ordered his craftsmen to make chopsticks out of elephant’s teeth which were deemed to be of utmost luxury in early Chinese culture.

chopsticks beef soup

The rise of chopsticks versus early versions of the spoon which were just as prevalent in very early Asian culture, is largely thanks to the rise of wheat!

Millet and other such grains used to be the staple for most early Chinese meals, but as the growing appeal of wheat continued, so to did wheat-flour foods such as noodles and dumplings.

With a lot more in the way of noodles and dumplings knocking around, chopsticks were clearly a much better tool than the humble spoon.

There’s an old Chinese proverb which gives testimony to the above: ‘you are what you wheat’.

Ok, sorry about that – here’s what you should know about using them:

chopsticks etiquette

Dos & Don’ts

It seems to be that chopsticks are no longer the novelty that they used to be and Asian restaurants are far less likely to assumptively provide silverware to their Western diners.

So with a modest 7,000 years worth of dining history behind them, there must be some etiquette rules around using chopsticks, right?

Well, there are loads!

Here’s a quick run down of the main ones that should see you through to the end of your meal and warmly welcomed back to dine again in the future.

Do take food from a serving bowl and place it in your bowl before eating – patience will serve hungry diners well here!

Don’t wave your chopsticks around or use them to point or gesticulate at someone.

Do place them on top of/across your bowl horizontally when not using them but DON’T cross them – crossing chopsticks is very taboo and a symbol of death…

chopsticks sharing

Don’t stick them into your food vertically as this is reminiscent of placing incense in rice at the altar during a funeral!

Don’t pick through food with your chopsticks looking for which item to choose from a shared serving plate, have conviction and commit.

Don’t suck the tip of your chopsticks – yes, even if there’s some amazingly tasty sauce left on it! This will see you ridiculed in front of everyone as someone lacking a family education…

Do hold the bowl in your hand and use your chopsticks to push rice into your mouth, if you need to.

Don’t do that if you’re in Korea.

Do NOT pierce pieces of food with your chopsticks, this is very rude!

Don’t pass food to another person chopstick to chopstick, that’s also a funeral ritual…

Don’t break apart wooden chopsticks and rub them together – this is because people would often do this with cheap wooden chopsticks that splinter. Doing so with any pair of chopsticks tells the host you think their chopsticks are cheap!

Remember those and you should be just fine!

chopsticks resting

Considering upping your chopstick game or perhaps introducing some Asian cuisine on your menu?

We can help!

We sell traditional yet modern chopsticks that are packed with potential.

Our custom branded chopsticks are a handy utensil for your takeaway customers and those dining in.

We can print the chopsticks sleeve with your artwork and logo to increase your brand’s presence.

Printing your chopsticks or chopstick sleeves can be an effective and visually appealing way to increase brand awareness and are a fraction of the cost of other forms of branded takeaway packaging.

We produce both wooden, disposable and resin reusable chopsticks.

Get in touch and let’s have a chat about what we can do to help you.

5 Vegan Takeaways That Will Blow Your Mind
vegan gyros

You can’t fail to notice the huge surge in demand for vegan food over the last 3 years.

Whether it’s popup food markets, big-chain supermarkets or local cafés, vegan food and substitutes can be found everywhere.

This surging market is still extremely buoyant, and, arguably, the demand is still higher than the supply.

This is great news for food retailers as it means they can diversify their offerings if they’re not already catering to vegan customers.

In many cases, the food outlet doesn’t need to be specifically vegan or even vegetarian.

Most vegan dishes can be served up by subbing in tofu and subbing out meat.

The key message of this article is that vegans too can enjoy fast food to go, hangover food, comforting stodge, carb day, cheat day, whatever you want to call it!

If you’re considering of offering some vegan dishes but aren’t quite sure where to start, here’s 5 spots that we think are nailing it.

Check out the following list of scrummy vegan takeaway dishes.

We seriously encourage you to try them and use them to inspire your own dishes!

vegan takeaway

Vegan Seitan Gyros – The Athenian – Bristol, London

If you’re in London or Bristol you must make time to grab yourself a Vegan Gyros from The Athenian.

A gyros (pronounced ‘yeer-ross’) is a traditional Greek street food item.

Carefully wrapped inside a soft Greek pita, seitan, a chewy protein-rich meat substitute is marinated with herbs, lemon juice and olive oil and served with vegan mayo, paprika-dusted fries.

It will change your life and leave you wondering how it’s not meat – try it with a bottle of stout!

vegan gyros

Mexican “Fish” Tacos – Club Mexicana at Pamela – London

As claimed on their website, Club Mexicana “make 100% vegan and totally banging Mexican-inspired street food”.

Club Mexicana are no strangers to the vegan street food scene.

Check out their tofu “fish” tacos and also expect heavily ‘guaced’ nachos, sweet bbq sauces, “cheesey” fries, crispy chipotle potatoes and so much more!

Banging!

vegan fish tacos

Vegan Pizza – Picky Wops – London

So you follow a plant-based diet and you’re craving that stringy mozzarella cheese pizza scenario that you just know nothing else can satisfy…

A real dilemma? No! Why?

Because Picky Wops!

Picky Wops, your new best friend, is a vegan pizza joint based out of Fulham.

What makes them special is that they have a whopping menu featuring no less than 8 different kinds of vegan cheese!

Whether it’s coconut mozzarella or cashew nut camembert you can expect a pizza with plenty of meat substitute, like seitan, and all the veg!

Two words: go there!

vegan pizza

Fresh Falafels – GoFalafel – Manchester

For the freshest tasting lunch ever, be sure to check out GoFalafel when you’re next in Manchester.

Serving super-fresh and seasonal salads with their falafel using generations-old Middle Eastern recipes, GoFalafel have been dubbed as Manchester’s best for falafel.

Everything on the premises is entirely vegan, couple your order with one of their freshly juiced fruit and veg smoothies and you will be smiling and glowing the whole day!

vegan falafel

Vegan Sushi Burritos – Happy Maki – Brighton

Heading to the coast for the weekend? Fancy a trip to a pier?

Well, make sure it’s Brighton that you go to and while you’re there, head to Happy Maki for what is probably one of the most original takeaway ideas we’ve come across: vegan sushi burritos!

Freshly prepared, these beauties are extremely popular.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, Happy Maki combine avocado with raw and cooked vegetables to create a multitude of different textures along with herbs, spicy coconut and teriyaki sauces.

You simply have to check this place out and devour something totally different that’s totally 100% vegan.

Happy Maki make being vegan an absolute breeze!

vegan sushi burrito